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10 Amazing Horror Comedies!!!

Ghostbusters

Horror Comedies are by far the most difficult horror sub-genre to execute. They’re also the most likely to fail commercially. While they’re one of my favorite sub genres and I wish there were more of them, when you combine those factors it’s a miracle there aren’t even less.

And many of them are quite great! So much so that I had to strip all numbers and rankings out of this list. While I certainly like some more than others, when you get down to stuff like Gremlins and An American Werewolf In London you’re dealing with grade A classics to which assigning a number would be an insult.

Also, please note that while I love The Cabin In The Woods and Scream, I don’t consider them “comedies.” They’re both intentionally funny, but I feel like their laughs exist to provoke a very specific conversation about horror tropes, which is its own thing.

So, in no particular order, head inside for my Top 10 Horror Comedies!

AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON

One of the very first horror comedies is also one of the very best. I’ve written an endless amount of words regarding this film on this site for a fairly clear reason. It’s one of my favorite movies. Ever. It never sacrifices character, or scares, for comedy. And yet there are plenty of laughs to be had.

GHOSTBUSTERS

One of the reasons I’m not looking forward to Ghostbusters 3 (should it happen) is how quickly the downward trajectory for this series set in. Not only is Ghostbusters 2 not as good as Ghostbusters, the second hour of Ghostbusters isn’t even as good as its first! Don’t get me wrong, we’re still talking about an altogether exceptional film. A classic, even. But very few movies truly sing like the first half of this film.

GREMLINS 2: THE NEW BATCH

A sequel so bonkers I’m still in shock that it even exists. I mean, I get that Warner Bros. told Joe Dante he could do whatever he wanted as long as it was a Gremlins movie, but I doubt this is what they had in mind. I’m glad that this has emerged from history as something of a classic that rivals the original in quality.

RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD

Another film I’ve written quite a lot about. Dan O’Bannon truly made a punk rock masterpiece with this one. An incredibly bold film that came at a time when American zombie films were nothing if not dour. Also, James Karen, Thom Mathews, Don Calfa and Clu Gulager turn in delightful perforamances.

ZOMBIELAND

This isn’t necessarily the funniest movie on this list for me. Its humor is fairly broad, so the amount of times I laugh at it probably decreases with each viewing. But there’s an interesting trade-off there; while I may laugh less at the film now, I find it no less entertaining. It’s a clever, fun time that whizzes by in 81 minutes and remains Ruben Fleischer’s best film to date.

NIGHT OF THE COMET

Running out of gas near the end, Night Of The Comet has a shelf life that’s slightly shorter than the film itself. But its joyous depiction of how Valley Girls might handle the apocalypse has always stayed with me. I also find the opening mother/daughter fist fight particularly entertaining.

SLITHER

God, I love James Gunn’s Slither. If movies were judged by the metric of how much fun they are to show to people who haven’t seen them before, its legacy would be up there with Citizen Kane. Elizabeth Bank’s willingness to make things work with Grant Grant, even in the midst of a horrific transformation, are worth a watch alone.

SHAUN OF THE DEAD

What can I say about Shaun Of The Dead that I haven’t said before? And when I said that sh*t before, was I really saying anything that hadn’t been said before by someone else? No. It’s a masterpiece. Great characters, nuanced direction, laughs, tears, gore and a script you could bounce a quarter off of. Indespensable.

GREMLINS

Another classic. It’s such a well rounded movie that I almost left it off this list, so perfect is its balance of everything Amblin embodied in the early 1980′s. Still, its got a little bit of a mean streak and is more or less hilarious. It’s also a nearly perfect film (if not an absolutely perfect film), hence its inclusion.

EVIL DEAD 2

Because how could it not be on here? You’ve ALL seen it, how would you describe it?

Honorary mentions go to Tucker And Dale Vs. Evil, Jennifer’s Body, Dead Alive, The Frighteners and Critters (the latter of which I haven’t seen in forever and may have aged badly).

  • K-Dogg

    Not a bad list…..Just throwing out a few of my other faves…..Severance, Cockneys vs Zombies, Attack of the Block (sort of comedic).

  • leoni

    Piranha 3D ?????

  • DeathFromAbove

    Braindead(Dead-Alive), Bad Taste and in some regard Frighteners! Peter Jackson is in my regard a master of this genre.

    • killrobot

      Dead Alive would have definitely been at the top of my list

      • EvanDickson

        Dead Alive is funny in a slapstick way, which doesn’t play to me as well. Evil Dead 2 does that kind of comedy better IMO.

        • Lionel-Cosgrove

          Say whaaaaat!? I’m not going to argue that Evil Dead II isn’t amazing, but considering story, characters, score and straight horror gags, Dead Alive is a far superior film! Also, I’m the lead. (Not really.)

  • Catastrophe

    Yesss, Gremlins 2! “Start spreading the news!”

  • HallMy

    And who could forget The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2!

  • horrorking95

    I personally don’t like An American Werewolf in London, even if the transformation scene has never been bettered. I was also disappointed with the Evil Dead 2 as I found the comedy forced, with some incredibly slow and monotonous bits. I would’ve put Brain Dead, Cockneys Vs Zombies and Severance up there! Severance is hilarious.

    • menoch

      I’m glad i’m not the only one who was disappointed with Evil Dead 2, like horrorking95 i found the comedy very forced. As a stand alone film i may have liked it better but as a sequel to a ferocious, less comedic film, it was just meh’.

  • djblack1313

    Evan, I LOVE YOU for including NIGHT OF THE COMET!!!!!! i love that movie and still watch it today from time to time! great list!

    • djblack1313

      and Evan i love that smackdown between Samantha (the blonde) and her evil stepmom Doris!!!! LOL.

      Samantha’s line “You were born with an asshole Doris, you don’t need Chuck” (the neighbor Doris was fooling around with) is brilliant! :)

  • BabyJaneHudson

    On the campier side of things I think the Re-Animator series works pretty well. Also a huge fan of Dead Alive. Finally, although its more mockumentary than comedy, I loved Behind the Mask: the Rise of Leslie Vernon!

  • Skull-And-Crossbones

    i’m surprised Tucker and Dale vs Evil wasn’t on that list. i kept laughing well after the movie was over. and we can’t forget about the abbott and costello classics (meet frankenstein, meet the killer, who done it, hold that ghost, meet the mummy)

    • FoxyRussian

      Tucker and Dale is on of the best horror comedies I’ve seen. Im sad it isn’t up here on the list too.

  • Zombie-Killa

    I might get hammered for this, but I never, and I mean NEVER saw the appeal in Shaun Of The Dead. To me, it’s just not funny at all, and I STRUGGLED to get through it twice (had to make sure the second time. lol), a true nightmare. And since Evan and djblack approve of it, I’ll have to watch Night Of The Comet somewhere down the line. (:

    I have to mention Cursed with Christiana Ricci, Judy Greer, and Jesse Eisnberg. It’s cheesy as cheesy can be, but man I LOVE that movie! And From Dusk ‘Till Dawn (the original, not the shitty sequels) counts as a horror comedy, right? If so, that’s my #1 pick! Great movie, and I’ve probably seen it twenty times or more over the years.

    • ThunderDragoon

      I COMPLETELY agree about Shaun of the Dead! I really don’t see what other people see in it. Thought I was the only one here who didn’t like it. I’m actually one of the very few who like Cursed also! Oh yeah, From Dusk Till Dawn is amazing.

      • Zombie-Killa

        Yes! Finally I get someone to agree with me about Shaun Of The Dead, and Cursed!!!!! What are the odds of getting both movies at once! lol. Unlike Shaun Of The Dead, Cursed can always pull some good laughs out of me. Judy Greer is just hilarious.

  • Aaron Emery

    I have a confession. I have never seen GHOSTBUSTERS.

    • Zombie-Killa

      Blasphemy!!! lol.

      Do you mind if I ask why, Aaron?

      • Aaron Emery

        HAH I have no idea! I think I may have seen it when I was a young buck but I don’t remember… I should probably get on that huh?

        • Zombie-Killa

          Yes, right now! Stop whatever you’re doing, and watch Gohstbusters!!!! lol. I love the original, and I don’t have a problem with second one. I think it just gets a lot of hate, because it doesn’t measure up the original.

          And hey, who knows. You might turn into one of those people, who can’t wait for the impossible, probably never happening, because it’s been talked about for so long Ghostbusters III? lulz.

  • mgaines

    Love “Dead Heat” w/Joe Piscopo & Treat Williams. “Dead & Breakfast” was pretty good. What about “Doghouse,” “Tucker & Dale vs Evil,” “The Tripper” & “The Feast”?

  • Snoogans

    Great list! I own and love all of these films. A couple I would’ve included: Drag Me To Hell and Cabin in the Woods.

  • dirtyghettok

    Great list.. A couple of funny fave’s of mine for the curious are;

    The Signal
    Time Crimes
    The Revenant
    Dead Snow (Yeah yeah, I know it’s been talked about alot.)
    Lo
    Riki-Oh: The Story of Ricky (Soooo bad soooo good)

    Damn I could go on. Great list by the way…

  • menoch

    “Idle Hands” anyone?!

    • Laugh Riot

      I’m not going through all this Tanya.
      Go back that way.
      Now you really won’t get any.
      -It’s unfair.
      You can go back if you want
      to get a piece.

      This is one of my favorite movies it could have at least gotten a honorable mention too. But it can be hard to think of every single thing when your writing a article. At least this movie Hits My top ten.
      Another Movie that could have made the list Is
      “I Sell The Dead”
      -Come on give us a nibble.
      lol
      It even had a chick so ugly in it the zombie they had caged up was freaking out looking at her.

  • MinaDoll7

    ATTACK THE BLOCK

  • evilfairydust

    I don’t know if it really counts or not, but I’ve always see “The Lost Boys” as kind of a horror comedy. It’s just so much fun! And one of my top 10 horror movies, as well. :o)

    • ThunderDragoon

      My favorite vampire movie! I love it so much.

  • http://thefilmpolice.blogspot.com/ Armand DC

    How dare you forget the twilight movies? They’re amazingly terrible!

  • Evan3

    I must say that I recently watched Gremlins 2 and it was… well, not good. and not bad-good either?. Otherwise though, no complaints at all, and THANKS for putting on Slither!

  • Selfie

    Ghoulies 3: Ghoulies Go To College…How dare you miss this masterpiece off the list!

  • mikeknowskarate

    Tucker & dale should def be on this list.

  • snotboy21

    No love for Detention? How bout Night of the Creeps?
    Big fan of Cursed even though it has one of the absolute worst endings ever. Also Planet Terror, Bad Taste, and of course Tales from the Hood.

  • neonboy702

    how about some teen/young adult ones like the burbs,tremors,silver bullet,monster squad,little shop of horrors,The Frighteners,lost boys, transylvania 6-5000,Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein,Basket Case,The Toxic Avenger,Bride of Chucky,Idle Hands,the adams family,Bubba Ho-Tep,Club Dread,Fido, these are my favorite ones not mentioned!